Dorothy Day; The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day The World Will Be Saved By Beauty An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day The life and work of Dorothy Day the iconic celebrated and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a great American told with illuminating detail by her granddaughter Dorothy Day w

  • Title: Dorothy Day; The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day
  • Author: Kate Hennessy
  • ISBN: 9781501133961
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The life and work of Dorothy Day the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a great American told with illuminating detail by her granddaughter.Dorothy Day 1897 1980 was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor Her life has been revealed through her own wriThe life and work of Dorothy Day the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a great American told with illuminating detail by her granddaughter.Dorothy Day 1897 1980 was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor Her life has been revealed through her own writings as well as the work of historians, theologians, and academics What has been missing until now is a personal account from the point of view of someone who knew her well Dorothy Day The World Will Be Saved by Beauty is a frank and reflective, heartfelt and humorous portrayal as written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy.Dorothy Day The World Will Be Saved by Beauty challenges ideas of plaster saints and of saintly women Day is an unusual candidate for sainthood Before her conversion, she lived what she called a disorderly life, during which she had an abortion and then gave birth to a child out of wedlock After her conversion, she was both an obedient servant and a rigorous challenger of the Church She was a prolific writer whose books are still in print and widely read While tenderly rendered, this account will show her as driven to do good but dogmatic, loving but judgmental, in particular with regards to her only daughter, Tamar She was also full of humor and laughter, and could light up any room she entered.An undisputed radical heroine, called a saint for the occupy era by The New Yorker, Day s story unfolds against a backdrop of New York City from the 1910s to the 1980s and world events spanning from World War I to Vietnam This thoroughly researched and intimate biography provides a valuable and nuanced portrait of an undersung and provocative American woman.

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    1. This is an insider biography of Dorothy Day, a relational memoir of the mother-daughter relationship between the activist Day and her only living child, Tamar. Kate Hennessey, Day’s youngest granddaughter, explores the legacy of Day, not as the 20th century prophet, the social activist, the prolific writer who gave life to numerous communities of radical Gospel hospitality, simplicity and prayer, but as the single mother of a daughter who she never understood and often left feeling neglected, [...]

    2. Dorothy Day is an interesting historical figure, the woman that founded The Catholic Worker, which was initially a combined newspaper, homeless shelter, and soup kitchen. I once subscribed to The Catholic Worker, and since it cost one penny per issue, you couldn’t beat the price. I saw this biography available and snapped it up from Net Galley; thanks go to them and Scribner, who provided me with a DRC in exchange for an honest review. This title was published in late January and is now availa [...]

    3. Even though I’m an Orthodox Jew, I have a deep connection to Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement. I volunteered at one of her “hospitality centers” a/k/a homeless shelters when I was in high school, and it was there that I was given the name of the man who would eventually become my first rabbi, Reb Shlomo Carlebach. I was also offered the chance to live there as a volunteer, but I did the conventional thing and went to college instead. What a mistake! I might have lived the life of s [...]

    4. This book was an unexpected delight. I found myself profoundly moved by the relationships between Dorothy and the people in her life whom she loved.

    5. This biography of Dorothy Day was written by her youngest granddaughter, and I think it is as much a biography of Day's daughter, Tamar, as it is of the famous mother.Dorothy Day was an American icon, foundress of the Catholic Worker movement (and newspaper) which opened houses of hospitality during the Great Depression, taking in all the poor and unwanted, feeding them, providing them shelter, and taking care of them as far was possible. She was a pacifist, arrested in various marches and for r [...]

    6. A dreary book. The writing is dry and often stilted. Stories come across like a soda gone flat -- I can imagine they would have been more interesting had the writing been better.The author is, perhaps, too close to her subject to give a good account. To my taste, she spends waaaay too much time discussing her mother (Day's daughter) and father, not to mention her own life.I appreciate getting a perspective of Day that is human, not hagiographical, but I have rarely read a more tedious book.

    7. Slow start, and not exactly what it appears to be. It is much more an author trying to come to terms with and understand her grandmother, mother, and herself. It's not as much a biography of Day as it is an attempt to understand the generations of women in their family. Still, a good read and interesting as I didn't know much about the Catholic Workers Movement.

    8. In addition to this being a biography of Dorothy Day, it is also a story of a woman coming to terms with her family history. I think the story could have been better organized and more tightly told, but nevertheless it is a story worth entering into. I'm glad I stuck with it to the end.

    9. Dorothy Day is a fascinating person, and her story was very different than I would have guessed from the vague cultural sense I've picked up about the Catholic Worker movement. This book is written by her granddaughter, so it's a more personal version and focuses on Dorothy's difficult relationship with her only child Tamar. (Imagine growing up in a series of poverty-and politics-infused Catholic Worker houses and farmsteads with a mother many would call a Saint.) It was interesting to read now [...]

    10. I’ve always admired Dorothy Day, not just for founding the Catholic Worker movement, but also for her imperfections. She seems to me so human. Kate Hennessy, her granddaughter, has written an intimate portrait of her grandmother.(Note: I received pre-publication access through Edelweiss.)

    11. I tore through this book.Dorothy Day has long been a source of inspiration for me, despite my superficial and factually sporadic acquaintance with her life and work. I knew of her as the founder of the Catholic Worker and committed to living out the acts of mercy. My freshman year of college I read a single column of hers on assignment for a course with my favorite philosophy professor in which she referenced the idea of ‘round table discussions’: that they are so pleasant and edifying, and [...]

    12. Dorothy Day seems to have fallen into her future fame and success accidentally. After what she called a "disorderly" life lived in Bohemian New York, where she knew Eugene O'Neill and many others of stature, Day moved about the country as a journalist until she returned to New York and started the newspaper Catholic Worker with a friend. Meant to replace other failed newspapers of similar philosophical leanings, the CW was an overnight sensation, bringing in funds undreamed of. But this success [...]

    13. The beginning of this book was slow and vague. I understand why the author wanted to include information about her grandmother's early life, but she was a couple of generations removed from it, and most of the information is already available elsewhere. Because there are no footnotes, we don't know where the author got the information and how accurate it it. Once the story gets to the point where Tamar, the author's mother, is born, it gets a lot more interesting, probably because they author wa [...]

    14. Beautiful insights into Dorothy's conversion; the struggle of being human and trying to respond to the Divine. Her relationship with Forster during and after her conversion is particularly human. The book also offers insights into the Catholic Worker movement and all the complexities of trying to love and minister to the poor. The major focus though is how Dorothy lived that reality while also being a mother and grandmother, and how her humanity impacted them and their relationship to the Church [...]

    15. Eloquently written. Engaging. Excellent. And yet, having just finished it, a sense of sadness comes over me. I knew Dorothy Day only from her writing and her witness which shaped my life and my decisions. It was like seeing a beautiful piece of needlework, an intricate and inspiring view of the world and our call to love in the most tangible of ways. This book is the flip side of the stitching. We see the knots and the crossed threads. It was hard to read emotionally for that reason.

    16. Truly beautifully written filled with love and honesty, with a clarity that is rich and full with depth. There has been many fine books written by and about Dorothy Day, and this one is a true added treasure. I am sure Hennessy did not know when she wrote this, that it is a book that should be read now more then ever to remember beauty and love even though it maybe hard at times.

    17. Good, but less about DD and more about family, esp. daughter (it's written by granddaughter). Not any insight into the faith life or motivation of DD.

    18. As much as this is an "insider," very personal biography of Dorothy Day, it is also explores the relationship between mother and daughter times two--Dorothy and her daughter Tamar, born in 1926; and Tamar and her daughter Kate Hennessy, born in 1960. Dorothy is now an icon, proposed even for formal sainthood. But this book written by her youngest granddaughter reveals her as an incredibly complex woman, a real person with messy emotions, strong opinions, mistakes and many blemishes. She started [...]

    19. Available as an 11+-hour unabridged audio download.In the last few months, two women, who have very little in common other than knowing me, don't know each other, and didn't know I was reading and listening to books about her, have told me unprompted that they want to study Dorothy Day's life and use it as a template to respond to the distressing rise of unapologetic racism, selfishness, and aggression rampant in our world today.On the surface, the appeal is undeniable, but when you get to know [...]

    20. tl;dr: Recommended while pairing this with another biography of Dorothy Day. The writing style made it difficult to read.First, I found the writing style itself hard to follow. There are way too many names too early in the book; it gets hard to keep everything straight. Then throughout the book, it jumps around chronologically. You will have one paragraph be in one decade and then the next jumps back a couple decades to a situation that we already read about, but now with more details. This made [...]

    21. The cover image for this book, showing Dorothy Day and daughter, Tamar, wading in the surf on Staten Island, while initially surprising, is perfect for a biography crafted by Day's granddaughter, Kate Hennessy. Day acquired a love of water from her father, and took solace in its close proximity. She bought her first home--a cottage on the shore on Staten Island--and there, she converted to Catholicism, fell in love with Forster Batterham, and spent her first years as a mother to Tamar. As much a [...]

    22. This book was disappointing. I've been interested in Dorothy Day for a long time and was really looking forward to reading this. Unfortunately, after reading it, I don't feel that I "know" or understand her much better than I did before reading it.This biography is by her granddaughter and the descriptions of the author's mother Tamar, Dorothy Day's only child, were far more compelling than those of her grandmother--perhaps because the author knew her mother far better than she did her grandmoth [...]

    23. I enjoyed this book, well-written, with personal stories of Dorothy Day, her daughter and grandchildren. I'd heard the author interviewed and found her to be an interesting and sensitive person. I was shocked by Day's experiences with sexism, in the first Catholic Worker farm, when she was physically afraid of some of the men who lived there, who didn't think a woman should be in a position of authority; and most of all in her advice to her daughter to be submissive to a psychologically abusive [...]

    24. I have always wanted to learn more about Dorothy Day so I jumped at the chance to review this book for NetGalley. This book is written by Dorothy Day's granddaughter Kate Hennessy so it is a very personal look at the life of Dorothy Day. I found this book to be a very honest look at Dorothy's life, the author describes the good and the bad, the highs and the lows. She talks about Dorothy's character flaws and the troubled relationship she had with her daughter, Tamar. The book also looks at all [...]

    25. Ok Dorothy Day. Wow. So full transparency I am writing this review as a practicing Catholic, and I didn't know too much about Ms. Day before reading. I found the book to be an incredibly insightful and unfiltered look into the life of a woman who was very much human and relatable with all of her flaws and missteps. My take-aways are that I would not push for Dorothy Day's canonization in Rome, that being said, I think that Dorothy Day is inspiring for lay people everywhere in that she kept tryin [...]

    26. A memoir/biography of Dorothy Day written by her granddaughter. It gave a lot of insight into Dorothy Day as a person and what it would be like to grow up with someone like that in your family. Much of the life of her daughter, Tamar, is included, as might be expected. It is not a good book to learn about Dorothy Day if you know almost nothing about her as I did. It has lots of trivial details which can make for many dull sections if you are not interested in knowing every tiny thing about Dorot [...]

    27. There will never be a biography that shows us Dorothy Day completely, but I would have to say, for me, this is one of the most integral books to beginning to know this woman. I would recommend reading something like The Long Loneliness first to ground yourself before starting off on this beautiful but often unnerving book. Hennessy asks us to understand know Dorothy through her relationship with her daughter and her granddaughter, and offers incredible insights that no other biographer could. I [...]

    28. Kate Hennessy is a gifted writer. While I expected the book to focus on Dorothy Day, the book really explores the relationships Dorothy maintained with other Catholic Worker volunteers, and (most importantly) her daughter, Tamar. While we like to raise an individual up as a saint, it's important to remember that "no man is an island". The biography is not hagiography. It presents Dorothy Day as a fully human servant of God. She struggles with loneliness and makes mistakes. But she has an amazing [...]

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